You've got to admire German-born, France-resident bassist Eberhard Weber. Suffering a major stroke while on tour with m: Jan Garbarek in 2007--an association that went back more than 30 years, the two first collaborating on American guitarist/pianist m: Ralph Towner's Solstice (ECM, 1975) and Weber becoming the Norwegian saxophonist's bassist of choice beginning with Photo With Blue Sky, White Cloud, Wires, Windows And A Red Roof (ECM, 1978)--to this day Weber's left side remains too weak for him to play his unique, custom-designed 5-string electric double bass. Still, as early as 2010, as he turned 70, Weber revealed that, while on tour with Garbarek, "We always had a sound engineer ... who recorded every concert. I asked him to pull out my unaccompanied soli--Jan likes to have his musicians play on their own in the transitions between the individual pieces ... I would really like to release a selection of [them] one day...
I have long enjoyed the work of Eberhard Weber. There was a period in my twenties back in the eighties when his ECM catalog was a daily devotional.
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
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